The First Lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo has cut the sod for the construction of a new Maternity Unit for the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) after raising funds in Accra and Kumasi to kick-start the project.

The GHC 10 million worth maternity unit, which is planned to be completed in four months’ time, is part of the First Lady’s efforts at addressing the inadequate maternity-related facilities at KATH.

The lack of enough space at the existing maternity block had resulted in avoidable suffering and deaths of mothers and children who visited the hospital for medical care.

At the sod-cutting ceremony in Kumasi, Mrs Akufo-Addo expressed her gratitude to all donors for their quick response to the fundraising request that had made it possible to commence the construction of the project.

She indicated her happiness and confidence that when the project was completed, it would end the needless deaths and rather help save many lives.

She explained that the provision of quality healthcare should always be prioritized because “a country’s best resource is its human resource and health is by far one of the most important investments we can make in them.”

The First Lady therefore, urged all not to let their generosity end with the project but always support a course towards providing quality health care.

She said regardless of recent achievements in healthcare, “a lot more needs to be done to achieve the goals and indicators as espoused in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

Present at the sod-cutting ceremony were Mrs Samira Bawumia, the wife of the Vice-President, Mr Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, and Mr Osei Assibey, the Mayor of Kumasi.

GNA